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Award-winning hospital may need surgery

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust this week confirmed it has a significant problem with the glazing at the recently opened Evelina children's hospital in central London.
The trust runs the hospital as part of the St Thomas complex opposite the House of Commons. 'There might be a manufacturing problem with some of the seals in the atrium' a spokesman for the Trust said this week. It offered no further details, though NCE understands that a significant amount of the glass made need replacing.The award winning atrium is the dominant feature of the building with a curving steel and glass canopy over an open and airy four storey high space onto which the wards open out. It received the judge's special award at last years British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA).Judges said 'The grand conservatory allows daylight to penetrate deep into the building, and the care and attention given to this project represent the highest aspirations of healthcare providers. 'Evelina is a demonstration that hospital buildings do not have to be depersonalised, uniformly decorated, enclosed spaces lit by fluorescent tubes.'Contractor M J Gleeson built the hospital over a three year period. It declined to comment this week as did principal designer Hopkins Architects.

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